Tottenham Hotspur were a completely different team after the break, responding to a pathetic first half with a two-goal showing in the second frame.
Christian Eriksen opened the scoring in the 50th minute after a neat flick-on by Emmanuel Adebayor, and with 17 minutes remaining substitute striker Jermain Defoe doubled the hosts’ advantage with a well-taken goal following an exquisite through-ball from Aaron Lennon.
The three points mean Spurs temporary leapfrog idle Liverpool into fifth-place in the Premier League.
|Tottenham Hotspur Player Ratings|
|Player||First Half||Second Half|
Lloris: Claimed three crosses but didn’t always look all that confident between the sticks.
Walker: Being absolutely dominated by Bolasie.
Dawson: Distribution has been poor, but he’s had to cover for Chiriches.
Chiriches: Awful first half punctuated by giveaway that led to the Palace penalty.
Rose: Reminding everyone that Spurs need to sign a left-back.
Lennon: A rare bright spot for the hosts, and had a decent effort blocked by Delaney.
Bentaleb: Struck the post from distance.
Dembele: His passing completion rate of 93% masks a poor first half in which he gave the ball away far too often.
Eriksen: Looks uncomfortable out on the left.
Adebayor: (Read above)
Lloris: Made just two saves but looked confident on corners and crosses.
Walker: Limped off in the 48th minute and was replaced by Naughton.
Dawson: Defensively sound, but not always convincing on the ball.
Chiriches: Improved drastically after a forgettable first half.
Rose: Better after the restart, but left-back remains a problem position for this team.
Lennon: Earned an exceptional assist on the Defoe goal.
Bentaleb: Touched the ball 119 times and completed 93 per cent of his passes.
Dembele: Second-best to Bentaleb in the midfield, but he cut out the mistakes in the second half.
Eriksen: An important, composed opener from the Denmark international.
Soldado: Was withdrawn in the 58th minute after an anonymous display.
Adebayor: Nice flick to Eriksen on the Spurs opener, but hardly put in a full, 90-minute performance.
Naughton: Played in a delightful, arching ball to Adebayor ahead of the Eriksen goal.
Defoe: Scored his first Premier League goal of the season.
Chadli: Received treatment for an injury after running into the advertising boards shortly after coming on in the 76th minute.